Spanish police have arrested 10 people in a major operation targeting Islamist militants in the east and south of the country. Computer equipment, drugs and 35,000 euros in cash were also seized during a series of raids in Alicante, Granada and Murcia.
Those detained are suspected of wanting to create a cell in Spain, supporting an armed Algerian Islamic movement – the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) – which is believed to have links to al-Qaeda. Spain’s Interior Minister said possible connections were being investigated with people of Algerian origin living in several other European countries, including the UK, Germany and Belgium. But Jose Antonio Alonso reassured residents of the Spanish cities where the suspects were picked up – saying there was no evidence that the group was planning an imminent attack. Today’s arrests follow a 10-month-long investigation. They do not appear to have any link to last year’s Madrid train bombings, which killed 191 people.